bands/musicians The Best Alternative Metal Bands  

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List Rules The bands on this list are ones played on alt rock stations

Different from other genres of heavy metal, alternative metal provides exactly what it's title describes: an alternative to traditional or classic metal bands. Fusing elements of classic rock with heavy metal, alt metal rose to prominence in the 1990s when bands with heavy riffs, a reliance on melody and a willingness to experiment with traditional metal song structures became popular. For a while, alternative metal bands were among the most popular bands in the world. The best alternative metal bands remain among the biggest bands bands in the world, and easily some of the best metal bands. Among alternative metal bands, these are the best

So, what is the best alternative metal band. Any alt metal bands list has to include metal bands like System of a Down, White Zombie, Faith No More, Tool and Korn. These alternative metal bands are among the top in the genre and are considered pioneers for helping popularize alt metal, in particular Korn with their Family Values Tour. While some may bleed over into nu-metal, that shouldn't effect their standing as one of the top alt metal bands. This should include all good alternative metal bands.

That said, it's up to you to decide what alternative metal bands should be considered the best. If you notice any alt metal band isn't on this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best alternative metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest alternative metal musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular alternative metal bands that you might've heard of. (91 items)
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System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
System of a Down Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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+ - 360 166
Tool is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

3
+ - 285 162
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

4
+ - 271 136
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

5
+ - 286 165
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Slipknot Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

6
+ - 164 118
Faith No More is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Faith No More Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
+ - 170 78
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rammstein Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

8
+ - 264 157
Korn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Korn Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

9
+ - 219 123
Deftones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Deftones Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

10
+ - 159 114
A Perfect Circle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
A Perfect Circle Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

11
+ - 251 133
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

12
+ - 234 126
Disturbed is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Disturbed Nu metal, Rock music, Metalcore

13
+ - 182 149
Avenged Sevenfold is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Avenged Sevenfold Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music

14
+ - 246 199
Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Linkin Park Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

15
+ - 115 37
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Pantera Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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+ - 89 42
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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+ - 213 119
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nine Inch Nails Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

18
+ - 197 147
Breaking Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Breaking Benjamin Nu metal, Heavy metal, Post-grunge

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+ - 175 103
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rob Zombie Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal

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+ - 199 157
Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Three Days Grace Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

21
+ - 130 127
Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Godsmack Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music

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+ - 87 56
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

23
+ - 126 80
White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
White Zombie Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal

24
+ - 155 143
Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Evanescence Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

25
+ - 131 118
Seether is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Seether Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

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+ - 154 116
Chevelle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Chevelle Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

27
+ - 111 106
Mudvayne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Mudvayne Nu metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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+ - 115 125
Papa Roach is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Papa Roach Nu metal, Rock music, Emo

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+ - 43 23
Stone Sour is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Stone Sour Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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+ - 49 30
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Stone Temple Pilots Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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+ - 50 60
Skillet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Skillet Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

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+ - 52 47
Primus is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Primus Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

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+ - 70 71
Sevendust is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Sevendust Nu metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal

34
+ - 81 85
Drowning Pool is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Drowning Pool Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

35
+ - 39 78
Placebo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Placebo Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music

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+ - 82 88
P.O.D. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
P.O.D. Nu metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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+ - 43 39
Serj Tankian is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Serj Tankian Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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+ - 56 59
Helmet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Helmet Post-metal, Noise rock, Groove metal

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+ - 87 97
Shinedown is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Shinedown Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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+ - 48 97
Finger Eleven is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Finger Eleven Nu metal, Dance-punk, Grunge

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+ - 101 70
Volbeat is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Volbeat Horror punk, Nu metal, Psychobilly

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+ - 26 39
Dope is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Dope Nu metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

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+ - 82 57
Type O Negative is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Type O Negative Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

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+ - 91 67
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Apocalyptica Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

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+ - 101 80
Staind is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Staind Nu metal, Heavy metal, Modern rock

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+ - 15 14
Jerry Cantrell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Jerry Cantrell Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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+ - 62 43
Audioslave is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Audioslave Rock music, Grunge, Funk metal

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+ - 71 53
Danzig is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Danzig Horror punk, Doom metal, Post-metal

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+ - 19 21
Alter Bridge is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Alter Bridge Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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+ - 73 58
Puddle of Mudd is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Puddle of Mudd Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge